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New Community Outreach-Problem Solving Officer

Post Date:12/16/2016 10:42 am

Officer Paula BatesPolice Chief Shawn Ledford has named Paula Bates as Shoreline Police’s new Community Outreach-Problem Solving Officer. Paula’s role is to meet with individuals, neighborhood groups, organizations, and businesses to discuss crime prevention and public safety issues. 

“What excites me most about this new position is to be able to work with the community proactively instead of when people call due to an immediate need or crisis,” stated Paula. “I feel strongly about personal security and awareness and I want to help people feel safe and empowered in Shoreline.”

Paula started her law enforcement career in 1999 with Bellevue Police Department as a support officer. She was hired by King County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and spent her first 6 years working patrol at the North Precinct and Sammamish. She transferred to Shoreline in 2006 where she worked in the Shoreline traffic unit as a training officer and Master Police Officer (corporal). In 2011, she became a detective for Sound Transit Police. Paula returned to Shoreline in 2015 as a training officer. 

If you are interested in meeting with Paula to discuss crime prevention or other issues involving your home, neighborhood, or business, you can contact her at

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